Monthly Archives: September 2012

Allah will Provide – Hadith of Aisha

i love this video SO much


Anger, Speech and Forgiveness

From Anas bin Malik in a narration ascribed to the Prophet: -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

“Whoever restrains his anger then Allaah restrains His punishment from him. Whoever restrains his tongue then Allaah hides his mistakes. Whoever apologises to Allaah then Allaah accepts his excuse.”


Silsilah Ahadith As-Saheeha.


Tips for super-shy people who can’t seem to be social but want to be (basically increasing self-confidence):

1-Believe that you something to offer to every person you talk to (as a Muslim and as your own unique self).
2-Make it a learning opportunity-expand your knowledge and hear different viewpoints.
3-Know that Allah is the only Judge, and the views people have about you don’t necessarily reflect who you are; it reflects who they are.

(This is just a little something I wrote for a girl on Tumblr who seemed to be shy but wanted to be social; I guess I pretty much used the same tips to get myself out of the bubble as well…)

Six Rights of every Muslim – Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee

Tafseer of the Hadeeth of Six Rights of every Muslim

Ash-Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee’s explanation of the hadeeth regarding the Muslim’s rights Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“The rights of the Muslim upon the Muslim are six.” It was said, “And what are they Oh Messenger of Allaah?” He replied,

“When you meet him, give him the greeting of peace,
When he invites you, respond to his invitation,
When he seeks your advice, advise him,
When he sneezes and praises Allaah, supplicate for mercy upon him,
When he becomes ills, visit him, and
When he dies follow him (i.e. his funeral).”

This hadeeth was reported by Muslim. These six rights, whoever establishes them in dealing with the Muslims, then his establishing things other than them (from the obligations) are even more important (or necessary). And his doing these things results in him fulfilling these obligations and rights, which contain an abundance of good and tremendous reward from Allaah.

The First Right:

“When you meet him, give him the greeting of peace.” For verily the greeting of peace is a cause of love, which results in producing faith (Al-Eemaan), which results in the person entering the Paradise. This is as Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) said,

“By the one in Whose Hand is my soul, you all will not enter into the Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I not direct you to something that if you do it, you will love each other? Spread the greeting of peace amongst yourselves.”

The greeting of peace is from the virtuous characteristics of Islaam. For verily each of the two people who meet each other supplicates for the other for safety from evils, and mercy, and blessing that brings about every good. And what follows this is a cheerful face and appropriate words of greeting which result in unity and love, and it removes feelings of estrangement and cold disassociation. Thus, giving the greeting of peace is the right of the Muslim, and it is obligatory upon the person who is greeted to return greeting with a similar greeting or o*ne that is better than it. And the best of the people are those who start the greeting of peace first.

The Second Right:

“When he invites you, respond to his invitation.” This means that when he invites you with an invitation to some food and drink, then fulfils the request of your brother who has drawn near to you and honoured you with the invitation. Respond to his invitation (i.e. accept it), unless you have an excuse.

The Third Right:

His statement, “And when he seeks your advice, advise him.” This means that if he seeks consultation with you regarding some action, as to whether he should do it or not, then advise him with that which you would like for yourself. Thus, if the action is something that is beneficial in all aspects, then encourage him to do that, and if it is something harmful, then warn him against it. And if the action contains both benefit and harm, then explain that to him and weigh the benefits against the harms. Likewise, if he consults with you concerning some dealing with someone among the people, or whether he should marry a woman off to someone, or whether he should marry someone, then extend your pure and sincere advice to him, and deal with him from the view point of what you would do for you own self. And avoid deceiving him in any matter of these things. For verily whoever deceives the Muslims, then he is not of them, and indeed he has left off the obligation of being sincere and advising. And this sincerity and advising is absolutely obligatory, however it becomes more emphasized when the person seeks your advice and he requests from you that you give him a beneficial opinion. For this reason the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) specifically mentioned it in this important situation. The explanation of the hadeeth, “The religion is sincerity”, has already been mentioned previously (in this book) in a manner that suffices without us having to repeat the discussion here.

The Fourth Right:

“And when he sneezes and praises Allaah, then pray for mercy upon him.” This is due to the fact that sneezing is a favour from Allaah, in the expelling of this congested air that is blocked in certain parts of the body of the human being. Allaah makes it easy for this air to have a passage out where it can exit, and thus the sneezing person feels relief. Thus, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) legislated that the person praise Allaah for this favour, and he legislated for his (Muslim) brother to say to him, “May Allaah have mercy upon you.” He also commanded the person who sneezed to answer his (Muslim) brother by saying to him, “May Allaah guide you and set right your affairs.” Therefore, whoever does not praise Allaah, then he does not deserve for others to pray for mercy upon him, and in this case he cannot blame anyone except himself. For he is the o*ne who has caused himself to lose the two blessings: the blessing of praising Allaah, and the blessing of his brother’s supplication for him that is a result of the praising.

The Fifth Right:

His statement, “And when he becomes ill, visit him.” Visiting the sick is from the rights of the Muslim, and especially for the person who has a highly stressed and emphasized right upon you, like the relative, and the friend, and so forth. It is from the best of the righteous deeds. And whoever visits his Muslim brother, he remains engulfed in the mercy (of Allaah), and when he sits with him the mercy (of Allaah) covers him. And whoever visits the sick Muslim at the beginning of the day, the Angels send prayers of blessing upon him until evening comes, and whoever visits him at the end of the day, the Angels send prayers of blessing upon him until morning comes. It is desired for the person who visits the sick to supplicate for him to be cured and to make him feel at ease. He should ease his worries by giving him glad tidings of well-being and recovery (i.e. be positive). He should remind him of repentance and turning to Allaah, and he should give him beneficial admonition. He should not sit with him too long (i.e. over staying his welcome), rather he should only sit with him long enough fulfil the right of visiting, unless the sick person is positively effected by many people coming in to see him and many people coming to sit with him. Thus, for each situation there is a different statement (i.e. advice o*n how to deal with it).

The Sixth Right:

His statement, “And if he dies, follow him (his funeral).” For verily whoever follows the funeral until the deceased’s body is prayed over, then he will receive a Qeeraat of reward. (Translator’s note: A Qeeraat is an amount equivalent to the size of the Mountain of Uhud in Madinah.) And if he follows the funeral procession until the body is buried, then he will receive two Qeeraats of reward. And following the funeral procession contains (fulfilment of) a right for Allaah, a right for the deceased, and a right for the living relatives of the deceased. Ash-Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir As-Sa`dee (Rahimahullaah)

Source: Bahjatu Quloob il-Abraar wa Qurratu ‘Uyoon il-Akhyaar fee Jaami’ il-Akhbaar, pp. 65-67, hadeeth no. 29

Translated by: Aqeel Walker

Crime Rates in Saudi Arabia

I was working on a research paper during the summer semester titled, “Shari’ah: The Solution for Humanity,” and as part of my research, this is what I found:

Sam Souryal presents crime rate statistics in his analytical report about Saudi Arabia that would clearly prove the success of Shari’ah law in preventing crime in a society. In contrast to 100,000 offenses in other countries, Saudi Arabia had a rate of 3.9 in homicide, 184.1 in assault, 24.2 in sex crimes, 0.7 in kidnapping, 908.5 in robbery, 9.8 in illegal drug traffic, 28.9 in drug abuse, and 67.8 in alcohol abuse between the years of 1970 and 1975.

Souryal, Sam S. “The Religionization of a Society: The Continuing Application of Shari’ah Law in Saudi Arabia.”

Protests/Demonstrations Dilemma

Today I went to my first ever protest/demonstration in my life. It was for Syria. We marched from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to the White House. I was excited about it, but then I felt guilty. I’m no scholar, and nor am I able to make decisions for others, but I realized that maybe protests are not the most halal way to do things. There was a hadith that I read; here it is:
Abu Usayd al-Ansari narrated that he heard Allah’s Messenger (May peace and blessings be upon him) say to the women on his way out of the mosque when he saw men and women mixing together on their way home:
‘Give way (i.e., walk to the sides) as it is not appropriate for you to walk in the middle the road.’ Thereafter, women would walk so close to the wall that their dresses would get caught on it. Narrated by Abu Dawood in “Kitab al-Adab min Sunanihi, Chapter: Mashyu an-Nisa Ma’ ar-Rijal fi at-Tariq.”

And then the guilt just kept eating away at me, because the ends do not justify the means. We may be doing something for Syria, but if we contradict the Sunnah, will Allah ever allow us to be successful?

And in extension, I started thinking about all the places where men and women crowd (the mall, MIST, ISNA, etc.) and I was like, okay so someone might say that “we live in the West so we have to be realistic…” but is that true? I don’t even know if I believe that or not. I even heard prominent Islamic lecturers use that line before, but I’m like, what about the hadith? I know that the average Muslim cannot just take an ayah or a hadith and then make assumptions about it/derive rulings from it, but this is bothering me so much. Maybe I’ll ask Shaykh Waleed Basyouni at Complicated about the whole issue, inshaAllah.

Wallahu A’lam.